Three-phase Capital referendum up for vote on Tuesday

DOVER — A Capital School District referendum vote is scheduled for Tuesday, with a three-phase plan totaling nearly $115.67 million up for consideration.

The proposal billed as “Straight As for Capital Students” involves adding and enhancing two new middle schools, transitioning existing Central Middle School into an elementary school and adding operating revenue.

The two new proposed middle schools will be interconnected on Pat Lynn Drive at the former Dover High site.

The construction of two new middle schools, each with the capacity to hold 800 students, will cost a total of $99,452,778 in combined local and state funds.

The total cost for upgrades and equipment for the middle schools, along with Central Middle re-purposing is $11.5 million in local funds.

Additional operating expenses of $4,726,058.02 are requested.

Due to overcrowding, the state has pledged $64 million in funds from its budget. Residents within the school district will decide yes or no on each of the three phases.

The last Capital referendum was brought before voters in 2005.

Voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. They are:

• William Henry Middle School, 65 Carver Road, Dover.

• Hartly Elementary School, 2617 Arthursville Road, Hartly.

• South Dover Elementary School, 955 S. State St., Dover.

• Towne Point Elementary School, 629 Buckson Drive, Dover.

Voting eligibility requirements include:

• Live in Capital School District.

• At least 18 years old.

• United States citizen.

• Able to show proof of identification at the polling place (a driver’s license, state of Delaware identification card or a bill addressed to your current residence, such as a credit card or utility bill.)

More information on the referendum is available at www.capital.k12.de.us/referendum or by calling 672-1500.

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